Unexplained tiredness, abdominal pain, oral thrush, vaginal infections, skin infection, rash, gas, indigestion, cognitive difficulties, early morning stiffness are the probable symptoms of suffering from Candida infection. Candidiasis is caused by a group of yeast like fungi that resides in our digestive tract, mouth, vagina, intestines in amounts unhealthy for our well being.
Pathogenic effects of these are neutralized by the beneficial bacteria of our body. As long as balance is maintained between the Candida and bacteria, we are saved from any harmful effects of Candida.
When Does It Occur?
Problem originates when candida outgrows the beneficial bacteria within the intestinal tract. This could only happen under low immunity phase. Diet deficient in probiotic foods, reduced immune status and increased antibiotics usage are the major causes of Candidiasis infection.
Combating Candidiasis Infection
Probiotics, curds, yogurts are the best source of foods to increase the load of beneficial bacteria in the system. Candida feeds on sugar; hence, it is essential to avoid sugars in all forms during the infection period.
Healthy diet including 60 percent fresh vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, celery, lettuce, capsicum, ladyfinger, radish, and tomato), 20 percent of proteins (eggs, pulses, soya bean, fish and chicken), 10 percent complex carbohydrates (oats, jowar, whole wheat, and bajra) and 10 percent of fresh fruits should be taken. Consume more of whole grain and legumes.
Include spices like garlic, cumin seeds, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and ginger in larger amounts in your food preparation. Additional care for adequate hygiene and sanitation should be considered as it easily spreads through contact of infected areas.
Foods That Need To Be Avoided
The fungus thrives majorily on low pH, so avoid all acidic foods. Intake of yeast and mold containing foods of mushroom, peanuts, beer, pistachios should be completely stopped. Maida and its byproducts (bread, noodles and pasta), corn, processed foods, confectionaries and sweetened cereals are strict no-no. Vegetables like potato, beet root, suran and yam should not be included in the diet till infection subsidized.
Top Tips To Cure Candidiasis
For treating oral thrush, use a medicated liquid that is rubbed inside the mouth, on & around the tongue.
Make use of medicated vaginal creams or suppositories that are placed into the vagina. Be careful while choosing the one as many vaginal creams and suppositories are known to weaken condoms and diaphragms, thereby, increasing the risk of pregnancy and STDs.
More severe form of infection that is harder to treat being deep inside the body. More powerful drugs like Fluconazole, Itraconazole, Ketoconazole with higher doses are recommended. These can majorily effect liver functioning by increasing liver enzymes. Do consult your doctor for any medication to treat the same and do not buy over the counter drugs.
Candidiasis In Pregnant Women
Avoid any oral drugs as they may affect the developing fetus. Restrict to creams and suppositories for vaginal candidiasis. Oral drug treatments are also available for oral and vaginal candidiasis, but do restrict to cream application form preferably and in case it does not treat the infection, think for oral drugs. Before administering any drug, do refer your doctor for dosage and side effects of the same.